THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE
Efficiency & Resiliency for Cold Storage
Making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient and resilient while reducing energy costs up to 50%.
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PROTECTING FOOD QUALITY
Increased temperature stability inside freezers.
Preserve food quality & shelf life, avoid micro-thawing and large crystal formations.
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REDUCING YOUR RISK
Protecting temperatures, product, and profits.
Business resiliency from temperature variability, equipment malfunction, power outages, product liability, and rising energy costs.
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OVERCOMING THE PEAK
Avoid peak period energy costs.
Long-duration energy storage to shift load & reduce peak demand up to 13 hours each day.
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Intelligent Long-Duration Thermal Energy Storage

Viking Cold Solutions™ is a thermal energy management company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient, flexible, and sustainable while protecting food quality. Our long-duration Thermal Energy Storage (TES) Systems, with a levelized cost of energy (LCOE) less than 2 cents per kWh, have been installed inside frozen food production, storage, and distribution facilities around the world. Viking Cold’s innovative application of environmentally-friendly Phase Change Materials (PCM) and cloud-based intelligent controls and monitoring combines energy storage with efficiency to enable flexible energy management and reduced energy costs.

See How TES Adds Efficiency & Flexibility to Refrigeration

 

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Viking Cold Solutions enables companies to achieve up to a 35% or greater reduction in energy costs through efficiency and energy storage flexibility.

Thermal Energy Storage (TES) leverages phase change material to store energy in the form of cold for future use. It is engineered to freeze/thaw at specific temperatures commonly used in frozen cold storage (-20°F to 32°F or -28°C to 0°C). This allows the refrigeration equipment to be turned off for long periods of time (up to 13 hours) while maintaining stable temperatures in the freezer.

Our TES system works well for new construction, retrofit, or refurbishment projects.

We save our customers 20 to 35% or more on their energy costs (some up to 50%). TES adds efficiencies and flexibility to existing refrigeration systems to avoid peak pricing, reduce overall load, and reduce net consumption. Now cold storage operators and grocery stores can buy, store, and use their energy when it's most economical for them.
Thermal energy storage stabilizes temperatures by reducing the number of temperature fluctuations, dramatically slowing the temperatures' rate of rise, and providing thermal back up resiliency to maintain temperatures 3X longer in the event of a power outage or equipment failure.
TES improves the efficiency of existing refrigeration systems in many ways. 1) increasing the percentage of refrigeration run time during hours with lower ambient temperatures 2) running the compressors at maximum designed efficiency levels 3) consolidating up to 85% of the heat infiltration directly in the refrigeration air flow 4) no additional mechanical components or parasitic energy consumption 5) the PCM’s higher heat transfer rate (eight-times that of frozen food). All of this means more heat is removed using less equipment run time and an average of 26% fewer kWh.
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Press Release Thumbnail Release: Xcel Energy’s Custom Thermal Storage Incentive Program

VIKING COLD SOLUTIONS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF XCEL ENERGY'S CUSTOM THERMAL STORAGE INCENTIVE PROGRAM Utility Program Funds Up to 90% of Energy-Saving Technology Upgrades for Frozen Food Producers and Cold Storage Warehouse Operators in Colorado and Minnesota HOUSTON, Sept. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Viking Cold Solutions, the leading thermal energy storage technology provider for the low-temperature cold storage and frozen food industries, announces the inclusion of its award-winning energy storage technology in Xcel Energy’s new Custom Thermal Storage Incentive Program, part of their Custom Efficiency programs in Colorado and Minnesota. As an industry leader in delivering clean energy solutions, Xcel Energy is currently offering significant funding for energy-saving technology upgrades, such as Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems, which safely reduce demand and add temperature resiliency and efficiency to low-temperature facilities with large energy needs. The majority of the TES system and installation costs will be funded by Xcel Energy’s Custom Thermal Storage Incentive Program and the remainder can be paid for out of the energy savings. By working with the utility to deploy innovative technology that addresses grid challenges and reduces emissions, owners of cold storage and frozen food facilities can save up to 25% or more on their monthly energy costs. “Xcel Energy’s support of Viking Cold technology is further confirmation that TES creates value for both the utility as well as frozen food and cold storage customers. The utilities are incentivizing customers to upgrade their facilities with the latest efficiency and sustainability technology, such as TES, to provide safe, long-duration demand reduction. This helps customers in Colorado and Minnesota achieve their financial and sustainability goals,” said Collin Coker, Viking Cold’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Viking Cold works directly with Xcel Energy representatives to assist customers through the program application process to maximize incentives, install the TES technology, and optimize the facility’s operation and energy use. To learn more about how to save money while reducing your environmental impact and to initiate the application process, go to vikingcold.com/xcel. In addition to Xcel Energy, Viking Cold Solutions is proud to collaborate on demand management and efficiency programs in partnership with other prominent U.S. utilities shaping a clean energy future, including Eversource Energy, National Grid, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Edison Co., San Diego Gas & Electric Co., and many more. ### About Xcel Energy Xcel Energy provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices. For more information, visit xcelenergy.com. About Viking Cold Solutions Viking Cold Solutions is the leading long-duration thermal energy storage technology provider to the energy-intensive frozen/low-temperature cold storage and frozen food industries. Viking Cold delivers cost-effective and flexible energy management services that protect food and help reduce environmental impact. Its patented Thermal Energy Storage system with phase change material (PCM) and intelligent controls reduces cold storage energy costs up to 25 percent or more, while sustainably improving temperature stability and optimizing refrigeration operations. Viking Cold Solutions’ TES systems have been measured, verified, and incentivized by energy utilities across the U.S. and are currently in use around the world providing energy management and efficiency to utilities, grocery stores, low-temperature warehouses, and restaurants. Viking Cold Colorado Contact: Adam Valmoro Regional Director avalmoro@vikingcold.com +1 949.375.3551 (m) Viking Cold Minnesota Contact: Brad North Regional Director bnorth@vikingcold.com +1 302.383.0138 (m) Press Contact: Damon Vance Marketing Director dvance@vikingcold.com +1 832.899.4771

New Cold Storage Construction with TES in Puerto Rico

Cold storage firm, Isla Frio Refrigeration Corp., recently acquired a former PepsiCo bottling and distribution plant in Cidra, Puerto Rico. The 147,000 square-foot building on eight acres is being fully renovated to become a state-of-the-art frozen and refrigerated food warehouse, beginning with 50,000 square feet of frozen storage. The end goal of the $10 million project is to supply hurricane-resistant cold and dry storage space for the island while also providing thermal resilience with our Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology for temperature-controlled goods in the event of a power outage. Over the years, Puerto Rico has been hit exceptionally hard by natural disasters and other crises, and with an unreliable power grid, these events inflict significant impacts on supply chain efficiency and functionality. During Hurricane Maria in 2017 and the lengthy power loss that followed, our clients’ facilities on the island did not lose any food product, thanks to the TES systems they have installed. The recent coronavirus pandemic has also amplified the growing need for more cold storage capacity and the island-wide shortage of warehouse space. The recent acquisition of the PepsiCo plant provides an opportunity to build a highly efficient, energy-secure cold storage facility to support the recovering supply chain and electrical grid on the island. The energy resources of this construction project are in alignment with the guiding principles of Puerto Rico’s overall grid modernization plan. Led by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the $20 billion plan will reconstruct the island’s grid, ultimately dividing it into eight self-sufficient mini-grids and providing residents with a safer, greener, and more resilient energy supply. In addition, the island has committed to generating 40% of its power from renewables by 2025 and 100% by 2050. These ambitious clean energy goals will drive the widespread adoption of renewable energy generation, which is complemented through the use of sustainable energy storage technologies like our TES systems. “Puerto Rico has always been very important to Viking Cold Solutions. Our first warehouse installation was on this beautiful island, and it’s appropriate that our first new cold storage construction project be right here in Cidre, PR,” said Paul Robbins, Founder of Viking Cold Solutions. The Isla Frio project, which began construction in June 2020, will be Viking Cold’s first system installation to be part of a facility’s original design and construction plan; previous installations have been facility retrofit projects. Phase One will be to install our technology and get the cold storage facility up and running by December. Phase Two will build out the rest of the site and may eventually include an onsite solar power resource to assist in powering the facility. Once the plant is operational with TES technology, carbon emissions and energy use will be minimized, enhanced energy resilience and flexibility will be in place, and the facility will benefit from lower electricity costs – a significant value on an island with among the highest electricity costs in the U.S. The building itself is connected to a large diesel generator to provide backup power and is built at a high elevation, better protecting it from floods. During extended grid interruptions or power outages, the generator and its fuel can be conserved because the TES technology provides built-in temperature resilience to protect food up to several days without power. We are proud to again be working with another Puerto Rico-based company, this time to help them build their cold storage resources in a sustainable way right from the start. By implementing our energy storage technology, Puerto Rico is one step closer to meeting its goal of generating 100% of its power from renewables by 2050.

Impact Investment and Viking Cold Solutions

Karma Impact, the impact investment news site aimed at the alternative investment community, published an overview of the impact of Viking Cold Solutions' technology on energy consumption and costs, resilience, and sustainability. Starting with the story of Viking Cold, from the initial insight of its founder Paul Robbins, up to its current status as a provider of proven energy savings, Karma Impact outlines the key advantages of Viking Cold Solutions for impact investors. Karma Impact describes how Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology allows cold storage facilities to consume electricity when prices are lowest, and then maintain low temperatures within each facility while reducing refrigeration energy through the rest of the day. Using sealed containers of a phase change material, managed and monitored through intelligent software, the system with no mechanical components provides efficiency and cost reductions of 25-50% for low-temperature facilities. Of particular interest to the impact investment community, as Karma Impact noted, is the potential to pair Viking Cold’s TES solutions with renewable energy, such as solar. This combination allows facilities to reduce electricity consumed from the grid by up to 95%, and while facilities managers would be impressed by the resulting cost savings, impact investors will be struck by the ability to dramatically reduce electricity consumption in an energy intensive sector of the economy. Alternatives to Viking Cold’s TES technologies might understandably be less attractive to impact investors. Traditional batteries, such as Lithium-ion batteries, are environmentally damaging, Karma Impact notes. Alternatively, sub-cooling food to attempt to lower energy costs (often called “flywheeling”) can decrease food quality. Moreover, Karma Impact notes the impact of Viking Cold’s technology in improving resilience in the face of natural disasters, referencing the experiences of Viking Cold’s customers in Puerto Rico during Hurricanes Maria and Irma. You can read the full coverage on Karma Impact’s site, here. To speak directly to Viking Cold, to find out how we can help you reduce electricity consumption, cut carbon emissions, and improve resilience, contact us here.

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